9. George Blanda, Oakland Raiders
Anyone who can survive through 26 years of professional football is a tough guy—but Blanda took it to another level during his lengthy career. The longtime Chicago Bears star played quarterback, linebacker, and kicker as a pro and he lasted until age 48 before retiring.
Blanda won the NFL Man of the Year award in 1974, and he holds the distinction of being the first-ever “recorded” fantasy football draft pick in history. Blanda suited up in four different decades, something that is likely impossible for today’s NFL player. His final TD pass came in 1974 on a 30-yard bullet to Cliff Branch, showing that the elder statesman still had some fuel left in the tank when he hung up his cleats.
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